When I moved from Kentucky to New York, I realized that reality was different from my expectations.
Though New Yorkers have a reputation for being rude, most people I've met are friendly and helpful.
I didn't know I was going to go through so many bandages before I started walking around the city.
The summer before my senior year of high school, I was standing in the middle of New York City's Times Square when I saw an advertisement that read, "Inspiration is everywhere."
At that moment, I knew that one day I would be back in the city, not as a tourist, but as a resident. Fast forward six years later, and I am proud to call the Upper East Side of Manhattan home.
After living in the city for a few weeks, I've learned quite a lot about New York that I didn't know when I moved from the small town of Owenton, Kentucky, about an hour northwest of Lexington.
New Yorkers have a reputation for being rude, but they are some of the nicest people I have ever met
When I stepped out of the Uber to move into my apartment, my building super happened to be outside. He instantly introduced himself and helped carry my heavy luggage up the stairs into my apartment.
With a vast amount of people in the city, New Yorkers I've seen tend to keep to themselves, which may come off as rude to some people. But I've found if you take the time to introduce yourself to them, odds are you will spark up an instant kinship.
Traveling throughout the city is much more convenient than running errands in Kentucky
Growing up in Kentucky, I always traveled by car to get to my destination and I can hardly recall a time when there was not a moment of traffic. When I would go grocery shopping, I had to carve out nearly three hours of my day because of the inevitable traffic I would deal with.
However, in New York City, this never happens to me when I choose to walk or take the subway (however, taking a taxi or Uber is a totally different story). Everything is so convenient because I have a grocery store and drugstore on my street and a subway station that's incredibly close to me.
Everything seems like it's right at arm's length and I feel like I get so much more out of my day by simply walking where I need to go.
Kentucky mainly had sports events, but there's something for everyone in New York City
Kentucky is a very sport-centric state.
There's the battle of the bluegrass — the University of Kentucky Wildcats and the University of Louisville Cardinals — and then there's horse racing at Churchill Downs in Louisville, home to the Kentucky Derby. And in Lexington, there's Keeneland Racing.
But that's about it, so people like me who don't find sports that thrilling often struggled to find things to do in Kentucky.
On the other hand, there are constantly things going on in New York City that appeal to a range of interests, from Broadway shows and concerts to karaoke nights and street fairs. You never know what you may stumble upon.
In New York, I've walked more than ever before and have stocked up on plenty of bandages
One morning, I walked to Central Park and when I got home, I realized that I had already walked 5 miles before breakfast.
My feet and heels are often covered in blisters, and I'm already on my second box of bandages — but the blisters are so worth it.
The hustle and bustle of New York may seem stressful at times, but it's so motivating
I'm a person who's highly impacted by my environment, so if I find myself feeling unmotivated or uninspired, I'll simply take a walk.
As I've walked around New York City, I've felt the energy of people striving toward something.
That magical energy is contagious and pushes me to be a better version of myself. Even the skyline of Manhattan is breathtaking and reassures me that I can do whatever I set my mind to and that no dream is ever too big.
I will forever cherish the life I had in Kentucky, but I'm so thankful to be living in New York City.
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